"with things like silverlight you could develop an app that runs on all these platforms, but there isnt a good distrubution channel, atleast not across all the platforms.."
HTML5, the new HTML streaming technology if accepted by the IETF are what they want.
"things liek the office addin gallery, expression and vs addins could also be interated in such a place. it would eclipse the app store in like a week"
This is blah, blah. I mean look at it, Apple yesterday announced that they sold more than 1.5 billions apps in one year (yes 1.5 billions!!!), they got more than 65000 apps in one year, they got more than 100,000 developers developing apps for the iPhone
platform in one year.
And what you say? You are talking about office addin, expression or vs addin, those are toys, how long have windows mobile been in the market? Years, and Microsoft could not figure out how to sell apps to windows mobile users and in first place they did
not figure out how to make an attractive platform for users and developers. So now, once someone has done it and proved that people are willing to buy and use apps on their phone, Microsoft again late in the game can only come in without more than ripping
off the Apple's App Store. I mean look at the Market Place app, where are the new ideas, the innovation, even the interface is similar to what Apple came up with their app, so what?
Call me Apple fanboy or Microsoft hater, if you want, the matter of the fact is that some Microsoft blind fanboys (who rarely look outside their closed Microsoft world) should see the truth, the reality: Microsoft can't come up with original ideas that they
can sell to people, an idea that can be successful, that people love and love the products that comes from the innovation. And i have to say that i am sad about that, a multi-billion company that continues to sell a crappy system for phones is just disappointing.
You like it or not, Apple got 100,000 developers on his platform because it is innovative, modern, fun, easy to use. What is windows mobile today? Just crap, it is just crap!! Be honest, everyone having a minimum of honesty comes to the same observation. Windows
mobile is old, boring, lacks modern technologies, and simply is behind the competition. Even Palm with far less resources than Microsoft managed to build an attractive platform with their webOS. It just blows away windows mobile. Sure it is very inspired from
the iPhone, but they did something unique for the specific market that they want to go for in the mobile space.
People outside and inside Microsoft have to accept it, they got a crappy os for phones, as long as they pretend that everything is fine, we will never see anything good coming from Microsoft in the mobile space. And oh yes, there is Windows mobile 6.5, and
what? It is awful, this is just a quick hack to keep Microsoft's head outside the water in the mobile space. And this Market Place, this is nothing, it just running behind the competition, just to say that Microsoft also does it.